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btv069b The Magic Lantern : s/t

The Magic Lantern
s/t (btv069b)
Buy Online | cdep/2xLP

Track listing:
1. in the wet morning dew with bare feet and an open palm, when the dark clouds gather and the storm is closing in, memento mori
2. stories to be told in a cabin by the lake

In 2000, I went to Europe to ride around with a Norwegian band that my friend Rolf managed. Along the way, I met many new and interesting people who would become great friends and remain friends today. Krister Mörtsell was in a hardcore band called Soapbox from Umea, Sweden, home to Refused and a burgeoning hardcore punk scene. I returned to Sweden in late 2001, meeting Krister in Stockholm and later going to visit him in Umea. If you are Swedish and have ever bought one of the Burnt Toast Vinyl releases, chances are that Krister and his Do You Dream of Noise? distribution sold you that record.

Krister and I participate in a secret ftp site where many live recordings are traded and new material from our various music projects are exchanged. The Magic Lantern began as an improvisation project with Krister and several friends recording live directly to minidiscs and caught my attention. They began to release a series of limited edition cd-r releases capturing their improvisations and these quickly sold out. We discussed a few possibilities for releases. I decided that they should be part of this 2xLP four band, four cdep series and introduced to the American indie rock world.

The Magic Lantern’s first few cd-r releases were entirely improvised and recorded live using overhead microphones. This self-titled debut was recorded with six musicians in their Umea rehearsal space. Improvisation is still a main force is the composition of new material, but the songs have solidified and developed from that initial point. Sections from their improvised performances were selected and perfected with the resulting recording captured in more conventional multi-tracked recording sessions. Influences range from post-rock, kraut rock, and spacerock to experimental noise, ambient, and even industrial music.

>The photos for this release were taken by Norwegian photographer Ben Sand, a common friend of both the band and the label. Ben has visited Sweden, been on tour with Soapbox, and travelled to India with Simon of The Magic Lantern and Hong Kong, Taiwan, Belgium, and the US with Scott from Burnt Toast Vinyl. His travel photos were taken with his Russian Lomo camera and cross-developed using slide film to heighten the color contrast. This is truly an international release with tight friendships between the band, label, and artist.

This is part of a four instrumental band series where each band was commissioned to fill an LP side with new music. Burnt Toast Vinyl will be releasing the four bands together as one double-LP set, but also as individual cdeps. The series includes Foxhole’s Push/Pull, The Magic Lantern’s s/t, Soporus’ Atómové Elektrárne, and Questions in Dialect’s The Ghost Wishes to Speak.
–Scott Hatch, Burnt Toast Vinyl

 

 

btv069c Soporus : Atómové Elektrárne

Soporus
Atómové Elektrárne (btv069c)
Buy Online | cdep/2xLP

Track listing:
1. Bohunice
2. 3.29.79
3. Surry II
4. Pripyat

Soporus (Latin meaning to lull to sleep) began playing live in autumn 2005 and was founded as an ambient side project of Saxon Shore’s Will Stichter and Matthew Stone. In early 2006, they scored the soundtrack for a documentary short film, “Re Enactment”, where children in war-torn Uganda explain tactics used by militia groups to recruit children for their war purposes. Their friend Andy Bruntel (Rilo Kiley, Bonnie Prince Billy, Mountain Goats) edited the film and enlisted their support. The duo began working on an ep for a 4 band 2xLP split for Burnt Toast Vinyl, resulting in a 4 song cdep with an alternate fifth song to be used for the vinyl split.

Atómové Elektrárne is thematically influenced by Stone’s childhood growing up in Central PA. The events at Three Mile Island on 29 March 1979 are interwoven in family folklore. His father was working in Harrisburg, PA and was sent home with an evacuation seeming likely. His family lived less than 5 miles away at the time. Stone was only a year old at the time, but his interest in the nuclear power and accidents continues. The song titles are all connected to nuclear reactors that have experienced accidents. The title of the album, Atómové Elektrárne, is the Czech company which opened the nuclear powerplants in present day Jaslovské Bohunice, Slovakia. “Bohunice” was the site of a nuclear accident in 1977 which resulted in the closing of one of the reactors at the site. “Surry II” is a reactor in Virginia where workers were scalded to death in both 1972 and again in 1986. The album closes with “Pripyat”, referring to the location in the Ukraine that was home to perhaps the most devestating of all nuclear accidents–Chernobyl.

Soporus’ ambient music draws a parallel to these nuclear themes, tightly harnessing music of powerful energy and concentrating it in a beautiful, subtle package. Stone composed “Pripyat” while looking at a photo of a Ferris wheel in the town post-Chernobyl and the song reflects the bleakness, sadness, and quiet beauty of the empty place. Elements of Soporus’ ambience can be found in the mix of Saxon Shore’s work, but for Atómové Elektrárne it is the focal point.

This is part of a four instrumental band series where each band was commissioned to fill an LP side with new music. Burnt Toast Vinyl will be releasing the four bands together as one double-LP set, but also as individual cdeps. The series includes Foxhole’s Push/Pull, The Magic Lantern’s s/t, Soporus’ Atómové Elektrárne, and Questions in Dialect’s The Ghost Wishes to Speak.

 

 

btv069d Questions in Dialect : The Ghost Wishes to Speak

Questions in Dialect
The Ghost Wishes to Speak (btv069c)
Buy Online | cdep/2xLP

Track listing:
1. On This Hand
2. Thought Procession
3. Blank Staircase
4. Train No Track
5. Gather My Wits
6. From a Cloud

The Ghost Wishes To Speak is a small box of puzzle pieces refusing to be called background music. Questions in Dialect has unleashed a mind-blowing avant-garde instrumental EP influenced by modern composers. The six tracks of Ghost speak loudly (and sometimes softly) in contrast to current musical trends.

Most of the material on The Ghost Wishes To Speak began dancing around in the head of multi-instrumentalist Phillip Blackwell early in 2005. After a tour playing for Seattle’s Discover America in February of 2006, Phillip set out to pull the dying Questions in Dialect back together. In a period of 24 hours QiD had three new songs to develop, but most members were too involved with other things to contribute very much. Phillip finished the recording himself, enlisting Steven Bevilaqua (Colour Revolt) as producer and co-engineer.

On The Ghost Wishes to Speak, Blackwell channels the modern composer music of Philip Glass, Krzysztof Penderecki, and Terry Riley blending it with the choral works and minimalistic approach of Arvo Pärt, filtering the impressive mixture through his subjective post-rock lens. Phillip spent late nights improvising and composing with synthesizers, mellotron, vibes, and various electronics, creating pieces of music that breathe ambient, classical, avant-garde, and minimalism. The other members still contributed: Daniel Guaqueta joined on drums and percussion all tracks but “Gather My Wits”, Matthew Magee performed violin on the track “Blank Staircase”, and Jonathan Blackwell provided the artwork. “Thought Procession” includes some ingenious programming by Steven Bevilaqua, and long-time friend Joey Munn improvised the only guitar on the EP for the song “Train No Track”, which sounds more like a synthesizer from an ambient Brian Eno record. Ghost is a work that combines careful composition with free-form improvisation.

Questions in Dialect began in Early in 2001 as brothers Phillip and Jonathan Blackwell, and friend Matthew Magee began an unconventional approach to writing music. These multi-instrumentalists took the name Questions in Dialect, and began creating experimental music in the unlikely state of Mississippi. They caught the ears of local jazz and world music radio director Daniel Guaqueta, who promptly joined on drums. Eschewing the typical wave-calm-wave pattern of instrumental rock, QiD’s songs erect cascades of affected guitar melodies over dub bass textures and cataclysmic drum fills, and often move into free-form improvisation during live shows. Since taking the role as creative director in 2006, Phillip has evolved the sound by incorporating electronics and new composition methods, even moving into avant-garde territory.

The name Questions In Dialect comes from an over-analyzed revelation of the ending of the 1996 Coen Brother’s film Fargo. This may seem quite strange, but seeing as their musical style is a combination of art rock and film score moods, and in a live setting, the songs are often translated visually through projected images, the name then becomes rather fitting. The purpose behind Questions in Dialect is to create cohesive music, visual art, and film that encompass the feelings and emotions of the human experience, and to unite artists of various backgrounds.

This is part of a four instrumental band series where each band was commissioned to fill an LP side with new music. Burnt Toast Vinyl will be releasing the four bands together as one double-LP set, but also as individual cdeps. The series includes Foxhole’s Push/Pull, The Magic Lantern’s s/t, Soporus’ Atómové Elektrárne, and Questions in Dialect’s The Ghost Wishes to Speak.